MISSOULA — Teshawn White didn't know what to expect when he and his mother went into Montana coach Bob Stitt's office on Sunday at the end of his visit.
White didn't know the meeting was happening. White said he thought he was just going to go home. Little did he know, Stitt offered the 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back from Inglewood, California, a full scholarship.
"It caught me by surprise," White told 406mtsports.com on Monday evening. " ... He was talking to me and my mom about how I'm a wonderful kid and I'm a great player and he offered me. He said, 'I want to offer you, son.' I didn't know what to feel like. I felt nervous, happy, I didn't know how to feel."
White said he shook Stitt's hand and thanked him.
"I'm telling you, right after he offered me, I committed right then and there," White said. "I'm so excited to play Griz football."
He added: "It felt wonderful. It felt like a weight was off my shoulders. I felt so relieved. I'm guaranteed to go to college and not only do I get to get my degree for free, but I get to play football as well and have a shot at my main goal, which is the NFL."
White announced his commitment to Montana via Twitter on Sunday, the same day as the meeting with Stitt.
I️ am proud to announce that I️ am verbally committed to THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA blessings man🙏🏾 Thank you to all the montana coaching staff for this opportunity and I️ am very excited to be apart of your team #GoGriz @GrizCoachGreen @MontanaGrizFB @c_bonnicksen pic.twitter.com/dIrUnerxpd— Teshawn White (@Teshawn_white) November 12, 2017
"I am proud to announce that I am verbally committed to THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA blessings man," White wrote, adding a prayer hands emoji. "Thank you to all the Montana coaching staff for this opportunity and I am very excited to be (a part) of your team."
White expanded on the Tweet in his interview saying, "I want to thank the whole Montana coaching staff and everybody that had to do with me having the opportunity to have a full ride offer. I really appreciate all of you guys. ... I'm very honored and blessed."
The offer from Montana was White's first Division I offer.
White, a running back at Inglewood High School, racked up 702 yards rushing his junior season, according to maxpreps.com.
He stepped it up in his senior season with 2,400 all purpose yards — 1,500 rushing and 500 receiving — and 22 touchdowns — 16 rushing, four defensive and two receiving.
One game of his this season attracted national attention. Against Bishop Montgomery High School in September, White had 433 all purpose yards (333 rushing and 100 receiving) and six touchdowns.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Inglewood coach Gary Bass told the Daily Breeze about White's standout game.
His highlight video from that game has more than 10,000 views on YouTube.
The Sentinels' season ended on Nov. 3. They were just short of making the playoffs.
"I'm sad that it's over, but I'm ready to take the next step," White said. "I'm ready to go to college and play college ball."
White's visit to Missoula and to UM came over this past weekend when the Grizzlies took on Northern Colorado. While on the visit, White said he felt at home on campus and with the team.
"The facilities were amazing," White said. "The people were so nice. Everybody takes pride in football there. I love football and I committed because I felt like it was a great fit for me. ... The football players are very amazing. They all basically have my type of personality and that's why I feel like I'm a great fit to play football for the Griz."
Other verbal commits in Montana's 2018 class include: Loyola Sacred Heart's David Koppang, Kalispell Glacier's Jackson Pepe and Drew Turner, Eureka's Garrett Graves, Helena Capital's Conor Quick, Billings Senior's Gabe Sulser, Missoula Sentinel's Nick Germer, Valier's Colten Curry, Nash Fouch of Woodinville, Washington, Matthew Robinson of San Juan Capistrano, California, Sean Anderson of Buckeye, Arizona, Tyler Ganoung of Portland, Oregon Lorenzo Brown of Las Vegas and Alex Johnson of Los Angeles.